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Definitions for boogie-woogie
ˈbʊg iˈwʊg i, ˈbu giˈwu giboo·gie-woo·gie

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  1. boogie, boogie-woogienoun

    an instrumental version of the blues (especially for piano)


  1. boogie-woogienoun

    a style of blues piano music

  2. boogie-woogienoun

    a style of swing dance


  1. Boogie-woogie

    Boogie-woogie is a genre of blues music that became popular during the late 1920s, developed in African-American communities since 1870s. It was eventually extended from piano, to piano duo and trio, guitar, big band, country and western music, and gospel. While standard blues traditionally expresses a variety of emotions, boogie-woogie is mainly associated with dancing (although not the competitive dance known as boogie-woogie, a term of convenience in that sport). The genre had a significant influence on rhythm and blues and rock and roll.


  1. Boogie-woogie

    Boogie-woogie is an African American style of piano-based blues that became popular in the late 1930s and early 1940s, but originated much earlier, and was extended from piano, to three pianos at once, guitar, big band, and country and western music, and even gospel. While the blues traditionally depicts a variety of emotions, boogie-woogie is mainly associated with dancing. The lyrics of one of the earliest hits, "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie", consist entirely of instructions to dancers: It is characterized by a regular bass figure, in the left hand. The bass figure is transposed according to the chord changes. It is not strictly a solo piano style, but is also used to accompany singers and as a solo part in bands and small combos. It is sometimes called "eight to the bar", as much of it is written in common time time using eighth notes. The chord progressions are typically based on I - IV - V - I

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of boogie-woogie in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of boogie-woogie in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of boogie-woogie in a Sentence

  1. Allen Toussaint:

    Our upright wasn't much of a piano — it was a half-step flat the entire time we owned it — but that piano was everything to me. It was dark mahogany, almost black, with rouge crimps all over it. I took about eight piano lessons before my teacher gave up on me. I loved boogie-woogie and hillbilly music and gospel too much.

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